Parents' Guide to

The Kitchen

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fabulous cast wasted in disappointing, violent misfire.

Movie R 2019 102 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Great movie

age 17+

We Are in Charge Now!

This movie is not for kids. It's a mafia-type movie with violence. It's not extremely gory, but there are some gory parts. And Melissa McCarthy being in this movie does NOT make it a comedy. It's dark. It's violent. But if you are an adult I think the movie is pretty good. I go to the movies often and I can usually figure it out before it ends. This movie had me thinking. I just couldn't figure out how it was going to end. When it did, I had a mix of emotions.

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Too much violence

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The talented cast can't save this thriller from devolving into a bloody, unsatisfying mess that does nothing but show how much the fabulous leads deserve a better movie. There's so much promise in the premise, and McCarthy, Haddish, and Moss are clearly capable actors, as is the talented (and large) supporting ensemble, including Gleeson and the always scene-stealing Martindale. It's a shame that Haddish and McCarthy's considerable comedic skills aren't given more of a chance to flex. And writer-director Andrea Berloff tries to fit so much in 100-odd minutes that the film feels far longer than it actually is. The writing includes more speechifying than necessary in a movie with such overt themes. For example, Ruby's mother and an Italian mob wife both pop up to do little else than give grandiose, didactic monologues.

Claire's emergence as both a wonderful hit woman and a happy lover is the most interesting of the three leads' story arcs. Because her abusive husband is initially the biggest jerk of the film (spoiler alert: all three men eventually prove to be horrible), she seems to have an intuitive understanding of violence (and desire for vengeance) that makes her a top-notch assassin. Ruby is fascinating at first (she and Kevin are the Lovings of Hell's Kitchen, although they're clearly not a happy couple), but her character becomes one-note by the third act. Then there's Kathy, who's the glue that holds the story together. She's the real deal: She wants to do right by her family, her neighborhood, even her husband. But her naivete ruins what she holds most dear. In the end, The Kitchen doesn't highlight how the women's collaboration and power-sharing make them more effective than their husbands and instead just proves that they can be equally ruthless and willing to kill to stay on top.

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